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Din in Telangana House over defections, 14 Congress MLAs suspended

PTI 18 Nov 2014, 17:29:42 PM IST

Hyderabad: Fourteen MLAs of the principal Opposition Congress were suspended from the Telangana assembly for a day today after the Congress pushed the TRS government onto the defensive in the House over the defection of some party MLAs.

The issue of defections rocked the Assembly as Congress moved an adjournment motion on the issue for the second consecutive day today and pressed for a discussion “to enlighten people” about the “undemocratic and immoral acts” of the government.

Congress said the TRS government has lost the right to continue in office and castigated Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao for brazenly encouraging defections in total violation of the Anti-Defection Law and the Constitution.  

Since the Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) came to power in the new state on June 2, over 20 members of the Legislative Council and Legislative Assembly belonging to Congress, Telugu Desam and YSR Congress have switched sides and joined the ruling party.

“We are taking a serious view of the manner in which the Chief Minister himself is encouraging defections (of Opposition legislators into the ruling party). It is the responsibility of the Chief Minister and ministers, who took oath on the Constitution, to uphold Schedule X (that prohibits defection). It is unbecoming of the Chief Minister to violate the Constitution. We strongly condemn it,” Leader of Opposition K Jana Reddy said.